You will never get to the top of the mountain if you give up at the bottom. So, in keeping with our determination to keep motoring on for as long as possible we decided to put together a small challenge on the first weekend of July 2021. Bob, Lowri and Will, along with some of our more adventurous family, friends and colleagues completed the Welsh Three peaks – the hard way. The weekend’s activity, as well as being a lot of fun has raised some much-needed funds for research into MND and also for our local hospice at Skanda Vale.
The challenge took place over the weekend of the 2-4th of July 2021 and was in 5 stages.
Stage 1, 2nd July:
Climb Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales at 1085 metres,
Distance – 7 miles (there and back)
Height Gained – 723m (2,372 ft)
Time: Approx. 4 hours (there and back)
Stage 2, 3rd July:
Cycle from the foot of Snowdon to the foot of Cader Idris. 49.7 miles with a climb of 1142 metres (3747 ft) and decent of 861 metres (2828 ft) approx. 5 hours.
Stage 3, 3rd July:
Climb Cader Idris at 893 metres along the Minfford Path
Distance – 10km up and down,
Height Gained – 930 metres,
Time – around 5 hours
Stage 4, 4th July:
Cycle from the foot of Cader Idris to the foot of Pen Y Fan, 85 miles, climb of 1722 metres (5650 ft) and decent of 2051 metres (6732 ft) approx. 9 hours.
Stage 5, 4th July:
Climb Pen y Fan at 886 metres,
Distance – 6 km there and back
Height Gained – 446 metres,
Time – approx. 2.5 hours.
This was very much an inclusive and an individual challenge, a group of friends getting together and attempting a quite difficult, but not impossible task, made easier with the help and support of each other. Participants were free to do as many or as few of the 5 stages as they chose, the emphasis being on participation, teamwork, and cooperation throughout, with personal goals achieved and a good time had by all and of course to raise some funds for two very deserving charities.